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Spectrum records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-017

Scope and Contents

This collection includes organization constitutions, correspondence, news clippings, brochures, flyers, and photographs from Spectrum, the Ball State University student organization which serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals and their allies. Records range from the founding of the first iteration of the organization in 1974 up to 2019.

This collection has been digitized and is accessible through the Digital Media Repository. (Click link in Digital Material tab below to access.)


  • Creation: 1974 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History

The Ball State Gay Alliance/Gay Activists Union was originally formed in 1974. That organization existed until its disbandment in 1978. From 1978 until 1983, there were no student groups specifically serving gay students. In the Spring of 1983, the organization was reactivated to specifically meet the needs of Ball State's gay and lesbian population. In 1986, the organization changed its name to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance. In 1990, the group changed its name again to the Lesbian and Gay Student Association (LGSA) and later to the Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Student Association (LBGSA). By 2000, the organization became known as Spectrum, which it is still called today, in order to reflect the diversity of sexual and gender identities that make up the organization's membership of LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies.

The mission of Spectrum is to educate the Ball State and Muncie communities on gender, sexual, and romantic minority (GSRM) issues, cultures, and history through various programming efforts. Spectrum's goal is to provide an anonymous, healthy, and safe place for Ball State University students and individuals in the surrounding communities who are discovering their personal identities to help find an understanding network of support.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 archival letter boxes)

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This collection is arranged into the folowing series: Series 1: Administrative records, 1974-2014 Series 2: Correspondence and memos, 1990-1992 Series 3: Newsletters, 1991-2000 Series 4: Newspaper and publication articles, 1988-2015 Series 5: Printed ephemera, 1979-2019 Series 6: Scrapbooks and photographs, 1992-2012

UA Restructuring

RG.00.07.06 was combined with new materials to create UA.017.

Spectrum records
Mindy Shull
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA